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Clooney gets The Fall of Bob on Showtime

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 24th 2008 2:00PM
George Clooney with a drinkTo some people, George Clooney's affable good nature and sincerity comes off as smug over-confidence. I fall into the former rather than the latter category.

I think George is ambitious and grateful to be working in the business. I think he remembers the years of struggling to become a star -- those years on The Facts of Life and Riptide and E/R (the Elliott Gould sitcom, not the Emmy award-winning NBC medical drama).

Failures like Leatherheads have to keep him humble. Anyway, his efforts to expand as an actor and director and producer strike me as someone who is wisely not resting on his laurels. That said, today it was reported that Clooney's production company, Smoke House, is behind a new pilot for Showtime called The Fall of Bob.

The title character of this half-hour comedy, Bob, is all about suicide. Actually, it's about what's happening while he's attempting to commit suicide. Bob jumps off a building and as he's plummeting to the ground, his life flashes before his eyes. In flashbacks, Bob narrates the stories of those flashback episodes. Presumably, those scenes will give us some idea why Bob has jumped in the first place.

Danny Zuker is the creator of this dark comedy. For obvious reasons, it'll be shot in a single-comedy format, the current trend in Hollywood. Zuker's been involved in all kinds of comedy, including Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Coupling, and most recently, Pamela Anderson's Fox series, Stacked.

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"it'll be shot in a single-comedy format"

Interesting, as opposed to multiple-comedy? ;-)

June 24 2008 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

That is a real different premise for a comedy I'll give you that.

June 24 2008 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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